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Protecting Beautiful Freedoms For Even Ugly Actions On This Fourth Of July

Rod Thomson

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate American independence from a distant tyrannical king in 1776. But it wasn’t just a break from, it was a break to — to the beautiful freedoms encompassed in the First Amendment and supported throughout the Constitution, a break unheard of in history but one heard around the world.

As we stand 242 years later, it is not hyperbole to say that those beautiful essential freedoms are under attack perhaps like never before, because now the attack is on whether they are even proper and right — heretofore the American assumption. The two bedrocks underscoring our liberties are freedom of religion and freedom of speech, the first two in the First Amendment. They are supported by the concept of equally applied law and order. There has been a chipping away at those from college campuses to judicial opinions to state and federal laws.

But something different is happening now, at this moment, in real time: Ideas and actions fiercely antithetical to these essential American liberties are popping into the mainstream, winning some elections, and one of the two major political parties in the country is rapidly embracing the destructive ideas and actions. This is complicated by an untrustworthy media that leaves Americans increasingly in different information camps.

The good news is that, at this moment, on this particularly Fourth of July, it does not appear a majority of the American people are embracing this counter-American Revolution. And it may backfire on the Democratic Party that is accepting it — at least in the short term. The problem is the trend, and the speed at which this change is occurring, and thinking it will go away on its own is akin to thinking the British would have just left on their own. Trends such as this will gain momentum and adherents unless they are pushed back against, fought — beautiful ideas fighting ugly ideas.

And this is the call of our day to all freedom-loving Americans. We follow in the steps of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, every signatory to the Declaration of Independence, every debater of the Constitution, every Minuteman and Colonial soldier in the field of battle. These were all willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their futures for the essential liberties that generations of Americans — including millions upon millions of future immigrants — would thrive under for nearly two and a half centuries.

Those who believe it is right for people to be forced by government to create products for what violates their religion, must be defeated. Those who believe that access to free contraceptives is not only a right but more important than the religious liberties of those who do not want to provide those, must be defeated. Freedom of religion must be defended.

Those who would force people through coercion to say what they do not believe, and who would deny freedom of speech to those they disagree with, must be defeated. Those who would deny any speech that offends or hurts the feelings of someone else, must be defeated. Freedom of speech must be defended.

Enter The Fray For The American Way

We must keep the wall of tyranny far on the other side of the beautiful freedoms. Ugly speech by Nazis, Fascists, Communists, racists, white supremacists, black supremacists, anti-Semites, fake news providers, and the rest must be protected by the beautiful freedoms. As long as the worst and most hateful speech is protected, then we know that all speech is secured.

Growing parts of the country, including those dominating higher education, would seek to block all of what they determine to be ugly speech. No. There is no place to stop. It’s all free with the few exceptions for incitement to riot (and those very cautiously) or its not free at all.

We free Americans, who know history and understand the world, have a duty on this Fourth of July to not just remember and celebrate, but to be redouble our vigilance on behalf of the beautiful freedoms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the founding fathers and our following forefathers who protected freedoms with pen and paper, soapbox, microphone and ballot box and, when necessary on the fields of Gettysburg, the trenches of France, the shores of Normandy and Iwo Jima, the mountains of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam and the sands of Iraq.

We can do no less.

Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist and current TV talking head, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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VIDEO: Why Americans Fought for Liberty

By KrisAnne Hall

As Americans enjoy the fireworks, hot dogs, and Apple pie on July 4th, let’s also remember why our independence was necessary.  Many Americans have forgotten why we celebrate this day of remembrance.

Our independence was not a foreign war. Our battle for independence wasn’t just about taxes or tea. It was so much more. Let’s set the record straight and undo decades of miseducation and revision in just 5 minutes.

Let’s celebrate again what makes America great!

 

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Celebrating the Fourth Through an Unshakable Faith in God

by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams sat down to write his wife, Abigail. In ending the second page and spilling onto the third, he wrote:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Two hundred forty one years later we can only marvel at the prophetic nature of his prescience.

And what of the state of affairs of his nation today?

Well, it is no less tumultuous than it was back in 1776. The fodder, the anger, the vitriol; it’s all there. But these things should never cast upon us any fears.  

So many of us feel the gloom that weighed so heavily upon Adams on July 3, 1776.  But he gave us the solution to conquering those fears. First, he kept his eyes on the ravishing light and glory that would befall his nation once the goals the Creator placed upon it were achieved. And second, he maintained a steady and unshakable faith in the utility of his “solemn Act of Devotion to God Almighty.”

Americans are truly an exceptional people, and their country no less so. We are the product of people who believed in the concept of natural law, or God’s law. Indeed, our forefathers so strongly believed in the existence of a set of divinely created rules, founded on the presumption that every man has a direct and immutable relationship with God, that they were willing to devote their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to see that system of government respecting such a divine relationship become a reality.

Today, we hear so much talk casting aspersions upon our nation’s most hallowed institutions — we focus our attentions so firmly on the various players of our present plight, be they persons or things — that we fail to focus on the foundation that strengthened Adams during his time of gloom; an unshakeable longing for the ravishing light and glory that will gently bathe America when she finally becomes a nation at peace with the Creator.

Today, two days later than Adams predicted, there will be Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.  And thank God there will be!

But tomorrow, we must steady ourselves and refocus our energies towards achieving that glorious society that can only exist when we are in compliance with the precepts of Natural Laws and when we abide by the dictum that demands we love God with all our might and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

This July 4th, I hope many wonderful things for your family and you, and I pray, despite our persistent shortcomings, that God continues to bless these United States of America.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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Fourth of July History Truth

How American Independence Changed the World

Rod Thomson

The American colonies’ Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marked one of the greatest turning points in the history of mankind. This is no exaggeration.

The Declaration set in motion the launching of the greatest democratic Republic and the most politically, economically and militarily powerful nation on earth. There is not a close second.

It created personal freedoms on an extraordinary scale. Just consider what is encompassed within the First Amendment — freedom of speech for everyone, freedom of religion for everyone, freedom to gather together with who we want to and freedom to gripe directly to government about government without fear of reprisal.

Absolutely groundbreaking. We way too easily take these ideas for granted, but this was revolutionary in thinking and in action. It just hadn’t been done. Maybe even barely contemplated. There was nothing like this by the Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, even the British.

The Declaration set the stage for free-market capitalism that has enriched the lives of literally hundreds of millions of people around the world, generated an endless fountain of innovation and creativity and built a culture that influences virtually every culture on earth.

The Declaration and following birth of a nation created the opportunity, for the first time in history, for a nation to liberate other nations under the boot of conquerors and then give them self-determined freedom and walk away. Again, we have to understand how unique this is in all of human history. It never happened. And America has done it repeatedly and continues to do it.

 

This miracle came with a price

None of this happened because men chose comfort and security over liberty and danger — quite the opposite of today, when Americans too often seek comfort and security through the government. The leaders of the American Revolution — which may have been a minority of colonists, at least those willing to risk all and to fight — chose to throw in their lot for the highest ideals, for themselves and for future generations.

As the last line of the Declaration solemnly declares:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

These were all faulty men, but with a vision and a commitment to the cause of freedom for the individual — more than a nation or a people. Even with the stain of slavery — a compromise to form a union of colonies large enough to beat the British Empire, and which was abolished a few generations later in the bloody Civil War — these ideals were recognizable to others. It’s what the French saw when they gave us the Statue of Liberty. We say the name so quickly, we can almost forget the whole point: Liberty.

It’s why Patrick Henry could swing the Virginia delegation to the side of fighting the British with the ringing words, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Remember, the declarers of independence weren’t really fighting for a nation. They were fighting for a universal cause of ideals — ideals spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution, which would all be encompassed within the new United States of America.

Fifty-six brave men — most of them with wealth and families — signed their names to that Declaration, knowing they were risking everything they owned and loved, including their lives. Their signature meant treason to the Crown. There was only one punishment for that. And it was final.

 

What was so unique in the colonies to cause this?

Given all the mighty nations and empires throughout history that had conquered and grown, from the ancient Assyrian Empire through the more benevolent British Empire, and that shared virtually none of the enlightened ideas composed in the American colonies, what set us apart?

The American experiment was so successful because of its foundation, which drew Europeans to the new lands.

It required the classical liberal thinking of John Locke and Adam Smith, emphasizing free markets, free trade, capitalism, minimal government regulation and taxes and freedom for the individual and groups of individuals to act. Some of the early colonists longed for the freedom to act in a new territory with new opportunities.

America coupled this classical liberal thinking with the Christian concept of the value of the individual and the strains within newly minted Protestantism that desired freedom from centralized control — whether by the church or the state. Consider how the Pilgrims, Puritans and others came here specifically to get away from powerful central governments under a King and powerful central churches under a Pope or Bishop. They sought freedom of religion and speech. Sound familiar?

These streams were all in place, flowing together to form the culture of the American colonies. That culture set the foundations for the success of the great American experiment. And it explains why the resulting Constitution cannot be laid over top of cultures where there is no such foundation.

It was, and still remains, a unique culture — but one people from around the world continue to be drawn to.

 

The foundational principles remain the only way

Those principles encapsulated in the Constitution worked then and through our history, and will work now and into the future. It would end up being one of the great tragedies in world history if we were to walk away from those guiding lights to follow the fleeting culture fancies of the moment.

Within the above historic context, we can read these words anew, and realize the power in them, and the import of not turning our backs on this solid foundation.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundations on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to Them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

That revolutionary thinking is how America became the shining city on a hill, and how it can remain so.

It’s a good time of year to remind ourselves of these Truths. Take 3 minutes to read the Declaration of Independence. It will be time well spent.

Rod Thomson is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.